Issues: Miscellaneous

Taking On Police Tactic, Critics Hit Racial Divide

An article by The New York Times talks about the stop-and-frisk police tactic, which has garnered significant criticism from minority lawmakers and citizens. Senator Gianaris introduced legislation with Assemblymember Camara that would make it illegal for police departments to impose quotas for a certain number of stops officers make.

ALBANY — Black and Latino lawmakers, fed up over the frequency with which New York City police officers are stopping and frisking minority men, are battling what they say is a racial divide as they push legislation to rein in the practice.

 

March 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Dorothy Nolan Elementary's Chorus

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was proud to represent a Saratoga Springs City school as the concourse at the Empire State Plaza was filled with music from Dorothy Nolan Elemetnary School’s 4th and 5th Grade Chorus on March 21st as part of New York State School Music Association's Music in Our Schools Month celebration. According to the association, it "began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music."

March 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of March 26, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

March 26, 2012
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Queens Celebrates Greek Independence

The Queens Gazette reports on the 10th annual Queens celebration of Greek Independence Day. Senator Gianaris and other elected officials attended the event, representing the proud Greek community of Queens.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall presided at the 10th annual Queens celebration of Greek Independence Day on March 16 at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria.

 

Held one week before the 191st anniversary of Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821, the evening’s event honored the civic achievements of four members of the Greek-American community.

 

Accompanying Marshall were state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. and City Comptroller John Liu.

March 26, 2012
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Senator Maziarz's Weekly Update on "Your Voice"

Senator Maziarz on his weekly cable show discussing the DNA Database expansion, the approved district lines, the 2012 budget and conference committees.

March 26, 2012
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Senator Farley Meets with New Yorkers for Constitutional Freem

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting constituents at the annual New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom Advocacy Day on March 20th in Albany. Senator Farley was a guest speaker to some 1,500 people from across the State, including those from Adirondack Baptist Church of Fulton County, Baptist Church of Northville, Perth Bible Church, First Baptist of Johnstown, First Baptist Church of Corinth, and First Presbyterian Church of Schenectady. Later, he met with Pastor Mark Appell and constituents in his office from Perth Bible Christian Academy.

March 26, 2012
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Senator O'Mara Asks Gun Owners To Help "Stamp Out Microstamping"

The New York State Assembly is once again proposing to require "microstamping" for all firearms owners in the state. But this year, they're trying a different tact, and are attempting to include "microstamping" in the state budget.

I agree with Senator Tom O'Mara that microstamping is an unnecessary infringement of the privacy and rights of law-abiding gun owners, and efforts to include it in the state budget amount to a sneak attack on local sportsmen and sportswomen, and all law-abiding gun owners. It also jeopardizes the fullest and fairest discussion over state aid for our schools, relief for our property taxpayers, and private-sector jobs for our workers.

March 26, 2012
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Senator Gianaris celebrates the 2012 Greek Independence Day

Senator Gianaris marching up Fifth Avenue during the 2012 Greek Independence Day Parade.

 

March 25, 2012
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June 4, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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April 2, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Community Connection for Week Ending March 25th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, an update on the 2012-2013 New York State Budget approval process, upcoming events in our community, and a downtown business expands its offices in the Cascade District. Click on the PDF link below to view it in full-screen.

March 23, 2012
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GOLDEN, MALLIOTAKIS ADVOCATE ASSISTANCE FOR RETURNING DISABLED VETERANS OPENING BUSINESSES

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn/Staten Island) today were joined by local veterans outside the Ft. Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn advocating for the passage of Assembly bill A9228. At the press conference, Senator Golden announced he will be introducing the same legislation, known as the “Veteran Owned Business Enterprise Act” in the State Senate.

The legislation would provide the more than 120,863 disabled in New York, with the same benefits awarded through the women and minority-owned business program. The lawmakers stated that, given the program’s success and effectiveness for its current enrollees, such advantages would benefit our nation’s wounded heroes.

March 23, 2012
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Sen. Klein Announces Winners to “Best Of Morris Park” Poster and Mural Contest

Ten Students Selected as Winners Throughout Local Schools

March 23, 2012
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SENATOR BALL WORKS WITH STUDENTS TO PREVENT BULLYING

 

Carmel, N.Y. – (3/22/12) – Students from all over Putnam County joined Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) over pizza and soda to share their stories on bullying, and how it has affected their lives and education.

March 23, 2012
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SENATOR BALL AND CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL TAKE ON STUDENT TRANSPORTATION ISSUE

 

Parents concerned over devastating potential reduction in transportation mileage for catholic and private schools plan trip to Albany

March 23, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN OFFERS $1000 REWARD TO HELP FIND PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR ACTS OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE IN BROOKLYN

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the persons involved in the desecration of religious statues at Brooklyn’s Visitation Academy.

Senator Golden stated, “Acts of religious desecration and intolerance have no place within our society, and no one, no matter what faith you follow, approves of such hate. Today, I join with the community in our continued efforts to see justice served in this case and that is why I am posting a $1000 reward for any information that could lead to an arrest.”

March 23, 2012
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

 

Gay marriage has backfired on the Democratic Party.

You should know that since Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed for gay marriage in the State of New York and convinced the Democratic Party in the Assembly and the Senate to follow his lead to legalize gay marriage, the Democratic Party in New York City has not won a single victory.

March 23, 2012
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